Skip the spa and create your own heavenly bliss! Not only are roses synonymous with love and romance, but they serve as a boundless source of inner healing and serenity. An inspiration to lovers and dreamers everywhere, their distinctive soft aroma, essential oils and sweet taste offer an abundance of remedies, recipes and treatments to beautify both your exterior and interior.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Veria.com, an online extension of the national health and wellness TV network Veria Living, offers the loads of DIY recipes using the unique properties of this Valentine’s Day favorite as the base to make you look, smell and feel better inside and out.
The sweet scents of lavender and rose are known to calm and soothe the stress of flower-sniffers everywhere. A floral-infused bath is one great way to cool down and de-stress.
DIY Spa & Wellness: Refreshing Lavender & Rose Bath
The sweet scents of lavender and rose are known to calm and soothe the stress of flower-sniffers everywhere. A floral-infused bath is one great way to cool down and de-stress. Preparation is simple.
Mix together equal parts of fresh lavender and rose petals in a muslin bag.
If you don’t have a muslin bag on hand, a cut sock or stocking will do the job just as well.
Run a warm bath.
Let the bag steep in the water for 5 minutes.
Take a book or soothing music into the tub with you, or simply close your eyes, cool off, and enjoy the refreshing fragrance of summer flowers.
DIY Spa & Wellness: Rose Petal Face Pack
Add rose petals, honey and orange peel to a flour base for a luxurious all-natural face mask. Bonus: The preparation will fill your home with a lovely floral fragrance
1 quart water
Peel from one orange
8 teaspoons fresh rose petals (or 4 teaspoons dried)
6 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons rose-water
2 teaspoons honey
4 tablespoons whole wheat flour
Boil the water and remove from heat. Add the orange peel and rose petals. Cover the pan and allow to steep until the water is lukewarm or cool. In a separate pan, heat the milk, rose-water and honey. Remove from heat. Add the flour and whisk everything together into a thick paste. Apply the warm paste to your face and neck. Leave on 15-20 minutes. Wash the mask off carefully with the remaining rose-orange water. Pat dry.
¼-1/2 cup dried lavender flowers
Place lavender flowers in the center of the material. Gather the edges together and tie off with a nice ribbon.
Love Potion Blend
5 drops ginger
4 drops lavender
3 drops jasmine
1 drop myrrh
3 drops rose
1 ounce hazelnut oil
Add essential oils first, then add base oils. Roll to mix oils. Use as you would use your favorite perfume.
1 block natural unbleached beeswax
1/8 scoop alkanet (for soft mauve color)
10 drops sandalwood
12 drops ylang ylang
16 drops orange
1/4 scoop paprika (for earthy color)
1/4 scoop tumeric powder (for yellow color)
10 drops cedarwood essential oil
12 drops lavender essential oil
16 drops basil essential oil
Newspaper the floor and countertops to protect from wax spills.
Use a double boiler to melt the wax. Keep track of the temperature—the wax will melt at 140-150 degrees.
As the wax melts, add natural spices to achieve the color of your choice.
Spray the interior of each mold with olive oil spray, being sure not to miss any spots.
Feed wick through the base of pillar molds, seal the bottom or the outside of the mold with mold sealant. Prepare votive molds by spraying the interior with olive oil spray, being sure not to miss any spots.
Cut pieces of wick for votives, leaving plenty of extra wick. Feed wicks through the wick tabs, place in the bottom of each votive.
Add essential oils to the melted wax.
Pour wax into molds, being careful not to spill.
For votives, use a toothpick across the top of the mold to keep the wick centered.
Keep an eye on your candles as they dry, being sure the wicks don’t move. Allow candles to dry 20-40 minutes.
Aromatherapy Rose Berry Sabayon
A sabayon is a sweet wine sauce thickened with egg yolks. For this recipe, you macerate the berries in rose hydrosol with sugar, and then add more rose hydrosol to the sabayon. Long used in Europe, rose hydrosol has become more and popular in the United States, particularly because of its digestive properties. In this recipe it also adds a subtle but powerful depth to a low-fat dessert that is rich in antioxidant berries.
3 to 4 cups fresh mixed berries
1/2 cup simple syrup
1 tablespoon culinary grade rosewater
zest from 1 lemon
4 egg yolks
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup Riesling or white zinfandel wine
1 tablespoon culinary grade rosewater
To macerate berries: combine all ingredients for berries in a medium bowl.
Carefully stir until well combined. Cover and let berries macerate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
Remove from refrigerator 20 minutes before serving.
To make sabayon: In a stainless steel bowl with sloped sides, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the wine.
Place bowl over a pan of gently simmering water and whisk constantly until the mixture is hot and thick enough to coat a spoon.
Serve berries in a wine glass with warm sabayon. Go the extra step and lightly caramelize the sabayon with a kitchen torch.
Liquid Diet: Cool Rose Juice
Rose has a long history of use in folk remedies, and the flower’s healing properties are well documented. Make it part of your liquid diet, or just enjoy it as a supplement to your regular regime – in liquid form, rose can be used to lower body temperature and relieve thirst. Beating the summer heat is a breeze while drinking a refreshing glass of cool rose juice.
1 1/2 cup freshly picked rose petals
3/4 cup boiling water
1/4 teaspoon cardamom seeds
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup strained fresh lemon juice
2/3 cup pomegranate juice
5 cups cold water
Crush the rose petals with a mortar and pestle and place them in a large bowl. Add the boiling water, then pour the mixture into a metal container and add cardamom seeds. Set aside for at least 8 hours. Pour the rose-cardamom water through a muslin lined strainer placed over a bowl. Add the sugar and mix until sugar dissolves. Combine with the rest of the ingredients in a pitcher and stir well. Serve in a glass half filled with crushed ice.